Mittwoch, 24. Dezember 2008

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Bush and His Cronies Must Face a Reckoning


Rumsfeld, Ashcroft and other top Bush officials could soon face legal jeopardy

By Jonathan Tepperman

The United States, like many countries, has a bad habit of committing wartime excesses and an even worse record of accounting for them afterward. But a remarkable string of recent events suggests that may finally be changing.

Contract Renewed for Detention Center Where Children Sleep in Cells

Dismantling the Imperial Presidency

Aziz Huq, The Nation: "President-elect Obama's first appointments to the Justice, State and Defense Departments mark no radical change. Rather, they return to a centrist consensus familiar from the Clinton years. But pragmatic incrementalism and studied bipartisanship will do little to undo the centerpiece of the Bush/Cheney era's legacy. At its heart, that regime was intent on forcing the Constitution into a new mold of executive dominance."

The Root of Our Evils?

Philosopher Frederic Worms, writing in Liberation, and sociologist Eric Pineault, writing for La Presse, look for the deep source of our current ills and arrive at interestingly similar conclusions.

Congress to Crack Down on Bailout Recipients

The Associated Press: "Lawmakers are turning up the heat on banks that have received money from the Treasury Department's $700 billion rescue fund after the Associated Press reported that they wouldn't say how they are using the money."$700

Why is the massively valuable and versatile hemp plant illegal in the United States?

Our political class has gone insane

Get Liberty
by Dave Cribbin


Our political class has gone insane. They’d rather enjoy the power that accrues to them in troubled economic times, and they are going to make things much worse on the way to trying to make things better. How else do you explain the way they are acting? The new administration is putting together the mother of all stimulus plans in order to get our economy back on track again. The big problem with this kind of thinking is that it was this type of thinking that got us into this jam in the first place. The housing fiasco that set off the economic troubles we now enjoy is the result of a huge misallocation of capital brought about by a number of policy decisions, some of them misguided, and there unintended consequences. There are lessons to be learned from the housing debacle, but they are not the ones that seem to be getting all the attention. The lessons are 1.) Misallocating capital always ends badly, which also means that misallocating huge amounts of capital ends even worse. 2.) Eliminating the capital gains tax is a powerful incentive that draws investors to seek the higher profits it affords...

Neue Schätzung für US-Kriegskosten im Irak und in Afghanistan

Möglicherweise wurden die Kriege weitgehend durch Schuldenaufnahme finanziert und belasten damit die nächsten Generationen.

City moves against transmission towers

Is Capitalism Ruining Christmas?

Herod’s Henchmen

On the Crisis and the Future of Liberty

The Madoff Economy


Madoff Fund Operator de la Villehuchet Found Dead

Saijel Kishan, Katherine Burton and Henry Goldman, Bloomberg: "A New York-based money manager who may have lost $1.4 billion of client funds invested with Bernard Madoff apparently killed himself in his Madison Avenue office, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. 'Our investigative premise is that it was a suicide,' Kelly said today in an interview. The body of Thierry Magon de La Villehuchet, 65, a co-founder and chief executive officer of Access International Advisors, was found today. The company raised money mainly from wealthy European investors. Madoff was arrested on Dec. 11 for allegedly running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme."

Rights Groups Demand CIA Turn Over 49 Cables Relating to Use of Waterboarding

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

Paulson's Bailout Plan Riddled With Deception

How a Program To Save The Economy Ended Up Enriching Big Banks


Treasury bails out 92 more banks

Maysville Ledger Independent


The Treasury Department says it has provided an additional $4.7 billion to 92 banks as part of the government’s $700 billion rescue of the financial system. The department released a list of 49 banks that got final approval last Friday to receive $2.8 billion...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Paulson's Financial Bailout

Informant: Dorothee Krien$700

Cheney's Contempt for the Republic


Cheney Admits To War Crimes Because His Pardon Is Already In His Christmas Stocking.

Speak Out Against The Planned Bush Blanket Pardons BEFORE They Can Happen

Pay no attention to the handful of Christmas pardons granted by Bush. This is mere political window dressing to distract from the bumper crop of blanket absolutions, including one for himself, scheduled to be released just before midnight on Jan 19th. Cheney would not so arrogantly be bragging on TV about how he authorized torture if it were not so.

But there is a resolution in Congress, H.Res. 1531, preemptively condemning any such move if we can just get enough members of Congress to sponsor it (already 10 so far). Many of you have submitted a action page on this already. Please do it again, especially if your representative did not hear you the first time.

Action Page To Stop The Bush Pardons:

Each action page you submit is another lump of coal in Cheney's stocking. Some have speculated on the possibility of post inauguration impeachment, especially considering the fact that many insiders are waiting until then to spill the beans. Maybe they don't want to get bumped off in asuspicious plane crash like Mike Connell. But a self pardon at the very last minute would certainly be grounds for some kind of action, perhaps even impeachment, if and only if Congress would react and take action immediately.

So we will still continue to distribute the impeachment message items until the very last minute as well. If you did not get one of the original navy blue "IMPEACH CHENEY?" caps, which was the original "question" hat, we still have some of those which you can get from the return page of the action page above. And of course we have the orange "IMPEACH BOTH!!!" caps (the "answer" hat). If you wear one and a friend wears the other that is especially effective. Or you can request a copy of the Impeachment Play DVD, either from that same return page, or here is the link directly for all three.

Impeachment Caps and DVDs:

In any case we need to get ready to raise a renewed hue and cry when the expected happens on January 19th. How hard could it be to get members of Congress to simply raise their hand and declare that a presidential self pardon, let alone pardon of his criminal co-conspirators, is maybe not such a good idea? If we are to draw the line anywhere, this is where is must be drawn.

And let us look forward to the day when we will have real representatives in Washington, for a change, because we never stopped speaking out.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.


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There's No Place Like Home for The Holidays, Until There is No Home

Environmental Coalition Sues EPA Over Mining Ruling

Activists Sue to Ban Voting Touch Screens

United Press International: "Activists in Pennsylvania say they're pressing ahead with a lawsuit to ban touch-screen voting machines in the state's 67 counties."

Deeper Cuts, Widespread Pain

Annys Shin, The Washington Post: "Recessions can be notoriously uneven. They can wreak havoc with the livelihood of factory workers, but not that of bank tellers or nurses. Whole industries can see jobs washed away forever, while others hum along and even grow."

Iraqis Hope to Sue US Troops Under New Accord

Adam Ashton, McClatchy Newspapers: "The families of three men who were killed last week during a search of a grain warehouse want to press charges against American soldiers under the terms of a new security agreement between the US and Iraq."

Cheney's Admissions to the CIA Leak Prosecutor and FBI

Murray Waas, Murray Waas Investigative Reporting: "Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a still-highly confidential FBI report, admitted to federal investigators that he rewrote talking points for the press in July 2003 that made it much more likely that the role of then-covert CIA officer Valerie Plame in sending her husband on a CIA-sponsored mission to Africa would come to light."

Housing Starts Fall Through the Floor

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: "The Census Bureau reported a sharp drop in housing starts in November from a downwardly-revised October rate.... In fact, the start reported for November is lower than any rate reported for the last fifty years."

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